2023 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony

The 2023 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony returns to New York’s Town Hall to celebrate exceptional voices in literature, from first time authors to living legends. Featuring captivating winner announcements, musical direction by Ulysses Owens, Jr., and dramatic readings from selected works this is an unmissable celebration of this year’s most resonant literature.

This year, PEN America will present 11 book awards recognizing the finest fiction, nonfiction, poetry, biography, essay, science writing, translation, and more published in 2022.

For sixty years, PEN America’s Literary Awards Ceremony has honored the creators and the works that shape our culture. This year, PEN America will confer nearly $350,000 to writers and translators. Learn more about the 2023 Literary Awards Judges here and view the 2023 Longlists here.

Join us for an evening of writers celebrating writers, in what has become one of the defining literary events of the year.

Cocktail attire.

The 2023 PEN America Literary Awards program and ceremony recognize the generous signature sponsorship from the JKW Foundation, in memory of Jean Stein and her extraordinary contributions to literature.


Available ticket prices (plus fees):

$15 Student, Teachers, and Librarians | Balcony seating

$30 PEN Members and Friends | Balcony seating

$50 Supporter | Loge seating

$65 Patron | Orchestra seating

Ticket sales both guarantee seats for those who want to join, and help us to present this extraordinary evening of celebration. All proceeds from ticket sales will support our Literary Awards and Grants programs, which provide vital recognition and transformative support to writers at all stages of their careers.